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Lombok’s endless earthquakes have crippled government offices in the region. Problems abound, from uneven aid distribution to poor inter-institutional coordination, with the disaster status debate proving to be a challenge.
Almost all homes in Sembalun were destroyed in the recent series of earthquakes. Locals are still suffering from trauma amid diminishing supplies.
The series of earthquakes in Lombok come from the same source: the Flores Back Arc Thrust. Recurrence has been caused by the fault’s multiple segments, causing the zone’s massive stores of energy to not be released all at once.
LOMBOK has been a second home to Willem Rampangilei, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) chief, for almost one month till now.